Every day, seven people die in home fires, most in homes that lack working smoke alarms. Sadly, children and the elderly disproportionately lose their lives. Working to reduce death and injury from home fires, the American Red Cross launched a home fire safety and smoke alarm installation campaign called Sound the Alarm. This Spring, Red Cross volunteers and partners are installing 100,000 free smoke alarms in more than 100 communities across the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virginia Islands. The Coastal Virginia Chapter of the American Red Cross has partnered with the Newport News Fire Department and is looking for volunteers to Sound the Alarm by installing free smoke alarms in Newport News on Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lunch is provided, and volunteers should wear comfortable clothing and shoes and bring an ID. Training takes place on site with volunteers organized into teams and given an area to walk through. Volunteer participants work alongside fire department staff and other local groups to:
Canvass specified neighborhoods;
Install free smoke alarms;
Replace batteries in existing alarms; and
Provide fire prevention and safety education.
To date, the Home Fire Prevention Campaign has been integral in saving over 500 lives, nation-wide! Lunch, drinks, snacks, & t-shirts will be provided! The Coastal Virginia Chapter also needs volunteers for Sound the Alarm events in Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach on May 4.